San Bernardino, California – Several people were injured in a collision involving a motorist who was traveling the wrong way in the Pioneertown area of San Bernardino on Friday night.
The accident happened on Pioneertown Road near Chateau Road at about 8:15 p.m. February 28, the California Highway Patrol reported.
75-year-old Stanley White of Pioneertown was driving a 2016 Ram 2500 southbound in the northbound lanes of Pioneertown Road when he collided with an oncoming 2008 Hyundai Accent driven by 36-year-old Fan He, of Pasadena.
The Dodge Ram continued driving and collided head-on with a 1997 Honda Odyssey driven by 25-year-old Eileen McNulty of Los Angeles.
White and 26-year-old Christopher Hager, who was riding in the Honda, sustained major injuries and were transported to Desert Regional Medical for treatment.
McNulty also sustained serious injuries and was flown to Loma Linda University Medical Center for treatment.
White is believed to have been driving under the influence and was arrested on suspicion of DUI.
The CHP is investigating the cause of the accident.
What to Do At the Accident Scene
Nobody is ever prepared for an accident. However, knowing what to do in case you are involved in the accident is very crucial. The following steps will help you ensure your safety and the safety of others.
- Stay at the scene and don’t panic.
- Check for injuries and immediately call for an ambulance if anyone is hurt.
- Notify the police even if no one is injured. The police will examine the scene and document the accident. At this point, it is important to record accurate information. You can later request a police report.
- If the accident is minor, it is advisable to move the vehicles to the shoulder and turn on your vehicle’s hazard lights to ensure the safety of other motorists.
- Gather information about the other drivers involved in the accident. Also, talk to witnesses and get their information.
- If possible, take photos of the damage to your car and the surrounding area.
- Do not admit fault or discuss the accident with anyone. Do not sign any papers unless requested by the police.
- Do not leave the accident scene until the police have left.
After leaving the accident scene,
- Contact your insurance company as soon as possible.
- Get a copy of the accident report from the police.
- Get a property damage valuation.
- If you were injured in the accident, keep detailed notes of your injuries and track your medical treatment.
- Contact a reputable personal injury attorney to protect your rights.
- Seek legal advice before you contact your insurer to discuss your car accident claim and compensation for your personal injuries. A qualified attorney will help you recover the maximum amount of damages.